University President Henry Bienen and Kellogg School
Dean Dipak Jain announce the good news to the Kellogg
earns No. 1 ranking—three times
School MBA ranked best in world, United States: Three prestigious
surveys name Kellogg as the No. 1 management leader
School of Management students already were flying high Oct.
10 from news that their MBA program had been rated the best
in the world by The Economist Intelligence Unit, affiliated
with The Economist magazine. Buoyed by one success,
students gathered before projection screens around the school
to chart the progression of another ranking — BusinessWeek
magazine’s online countdown to its top program choice.
shoulder to shoulder in several large rooms of the Donald
P. Jacobs Center, students cheered and bit their fingernails
as the magazine ticked off its top 20 schools, inching closer
to the No. 1 pick. Would BusinessWeek also place
the Kellogg School at the head of the class? Indeed, it did.
being ranked No. 2 in three of the last four surveys by the
magazine, Kellogg reclaimed the No. 1 ranking for the first
time in a decade, thanks to rave reviews from students and
recruiters. According to BusinessWeek, Kellogg’s
“go-to-any-lengths culture” was key to elevating
it to the top spot.
The magazine also
cited Kellogg’s commitment to the “nuts-and-bolts
of management education” and its effort to maintain
“vital links to companies in a broad swath of industries,
never losing sight of the recruiters’ role, even when
students were in hot demand.”
gave the school a nod for producing well-educated graduates.
The survey ranked Kellogg a leader in marketing, finance,
general management, global scope and technology. BusinessWeek
cited the Kellogg Career Management Center as having the best
placement percentage of any business school.
Dipak C. Jain, who was meeting with a corporate partner when
BusinessWeek revealed its top pick, attributed the
Kellogg School’s success to its overall culture, as
well as its partnerships with students, faculty, staff, alumni,
recruiters and corporations. “These rankings are simply
two measures of our success,” Jain said. “The
Kellogg School is unique in that it achieves excellence while
maintaining a culture of caring and a commitment to mutual
respect and trust.”
Of course, that
respect and trust was years in the making. Since assuming
the role of dean in July 2001, Jain has worked tirelessly
to maintain the school’s commitment to its constituents.
His worldwide travels have included thousands of meetings
with alumni, recruiters and corporate partners. The resulting
exchange of ideas has allowed, and will continue to allow,
Kellogg to evolve and remain a leader in graduate business
education, the dean said.
Jain and Associate Deans of Academic Affairs David Besanko
and Robert Magee have worked closely with students on several
initiatives that resulted in the “go-to-any-lengths
culture” that BusinessWeek notes.
The EIU rankings
cite Kellogg as the best program because of its “ability
to deliver the most important elements that students look
for when taking an MBA.” The rankings, which include
100 of the top global full-time MBA programs, were based on
a survey of more than 18,000 MBA students and alumni, as well
as original data provided by the schools.
another ranking conducted by The Economist surveyed
the top five polls of business schools to produce a cumulative
“Poll of Polls” that also placed Kellogg in the
No. 1 spot internationally.
the business intelligence arm of The Economist Group, publisher
of the respected magazine The Economist, as well
as Which MBA?, a guide that is now in its 14th year
of publication. This is the first year the EIU ranked the
world’s graduate business programs.